Van Ness Feldman provided research for Kinder Morgan as it considered a possible offer to purchase El Paso Corporation. Working with an extremely small team on this highly confidential work, Van Ness Feldman researched regulatory proceedings and publicly available pipeline safety records as well as emerging LNG export policy. The work commenced up to seven months before any offer was announced. The offer was announced in October 2011 and was valued at $35 billion. Its consummation has created the fourth largest energy company in North America and the second largest energy transport company in the world behind Gazprom. Van Ness Feldman managed the federal government affairs portion post-offer announcement.
In addition, the firm has continued to provide regulatory counsel for Kinder Morgan’s existing pipelines and is commencing activities with regard to the newly acquired assets post-closing of the merger on May 24, 2012. Van Ness Feldman will continue to act as the Washington D.C. office for Kinder Morgan gas pipelines representing the companies before regulatory agencies, within trade associations, and before Congress.